El Camino High School (Oceanside, California)

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El Camino High School
400 Rancho Del Oro Drive Oceanisde, CA
Oceanside, California
United States
Type Public
Established 1975
School district Oceanside Unified School District
Principal Dr. Doug Kriedeman [1]
Faculty 144
Number of students 3,000+
Brown and Gold
Athletics CIF San Diego Section, Avocado West League
Mascot Wildcat
Rival Oceanside High School
Newspaper the sun

El Camino High School is one of two high schools of the Oceanside Unified School District, located at 400 Rancho Del Oro Drive in Oceanside, California. Declared a California Distinguished School in the early 2000s, it was originally named "Oceanside High School East", and officially became El Camino High School in 1976. El Camino's Truax Theatre was built in the early 1980s and houses a large performance venue, an adjacent classroom with stage and large music and drama rooms. It also recently built a new Science and Technology Building and is undergoing constant construction to clean up the campus. El Camino maintains a close athletic rivalry with Oceanside High School. The ECHS mascot is the "Wildcat" and the school colors are brown and gold.

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Media attention[edit]

The school drew national media attention in June 2008 for staging a controversial fake car accident, telling students their classmates had died as part of an anti-drunk driving program called "Every 15 Minutes--Extreme". "Many seniors from all walks of life were included in the program to show the wide reach and seriousness of drunk driving" said Greg Vargas one of the dead seniors. [2][3] [4][5][6]


Coordinates: 33°13′7.1″N 117°19′2.3″W / 33.218639°N 117.317306°W / 33.218639; -117.317306